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reporter dovetails neatly with our big question tonight. keeping them honest, if a strong majority of americans is telling washington they want a deal on the debt crisis, they want these guys to compromise with the other side, they want a mix of spending cuts and tax increases. then why isn't washington getting the mage? we've got new polling that says all of that. and this is important. recent polling may also explain why we haven't got an deal yet. we'll tell you what we're talking about. in any case, americans are speaking out today. >> good morning, speaker boehner's office. how may i help you? >> a summer avalanche of phone calls hitting the capitol. president obama asked for it in his address to the nation last night. here it is. house switchboard today getting nearly double the volume of normal phone calls, house speaker baine er's office reporting as many as 300 people on hold for as long as an hour. online the same story. site unavailable. server busy. we found better than one in three congressional web sites either slow or down entirely from all the volume. also multiple
out the president has a big birthday bash scheduled for august 3rd, celebrities flying in from all over. and lo and behold, august 2nd is the deadline for getting something done so that he can have this massive -- maybe the biggest fundraising dinner in history for a birthday celebration. >> and here's iowa congressman steve king. >> it's not default. they've been calling it default to try to stampede people into taking a bad deal here in this congress. the american people understand this. they understand at least intuitively that it would be the president who would willfully default if there's to be a default. i'd like to think the investor markets understand that, too. >> keeping them honest, there's little reason to think that's true. and plenty of people in the gop establishment and the business community sending up warning flairs. officials at the bond rating company standard & poors today briefing freshman republicans about what might happen. political reporting tonight they were cautioned that one possibility is "a death spiral in the bond market". s & p is already on record
the big names on the left and the right from paul crewingman to alan greenspan to the chamber of commerce all say missing the deadline would be suicidal. yet both sides have been playing chicken on the issue for months. tonight house minority leader erik cantor against making any revenue increases as part of a debt deal said he might be willing to talk about closing some tax loopholes. he the rest of the gop leadership and their democratic counterparts on call to meet with president obama tomorrow at the white house. some breaking news there, the "washington post" just now moving a story reporting on a possible big concession the president might put on the table. the post reporting he will for the first time offer up significant savings in social security. the newspaper sourcing it to people in both parties with knowledge of the president's proposal. in any case, today mr. obama called on both sides to get moving. >> congress has a responsibility to make sure we pay our bills. we've always paid them in the past. the notion that u.s. is going to default on its debt is just irresponsible. a
commitment to big government. what they would like to see is the government sweated down. that's the point they've been trying to make. and there are honest differences and people have a very different view of what kind of society we ought to live in. >> but at a certain point, david, when there was a big deal on the table, and if as you say the president could have brought nancy pelosi along, and i agree with you i think he could have, the republicans would have gotten a great deficit reduction deal if they hadn't committed to the no tax pledge, right? >> but gloria, asking any party to commit to a $1 trillion of tax increases is an awful big lift for a party that is all along stood for lower taxes. and when they also feel a lot of these cuts are going to turn out to be illusory. their experience in the past they sign onto the bargains and they feel the democrats eventually wind up getting what they wanted and what they were promised never materializes. >> but there's a big difference between that and nothing. you know? a big difference. [ overlapping speakers ] >> where do you see the mi
. as you say, the president has said he wants this big deal, but this thing broke up today. the meeting ended with the president telling these leader toss go back to their members and ask them what do they think can pass and then report back to the president with something that they believe can pass by this saturday morning. they're not even having a meeting tomorrow. now, despite all that, i am told by my sources that there's not a lot of optimism that this particular negotiating process here at the white house is going to actually end up lead together real deal, and a lot of effort and attention is now turning to a different process that's happening in the u.s. senate and another all the ate deal that's being worked out between the two senate leaders that could instead end up raising the debt ceiling. a lot of hope is centered there, anderson. >> basically what is that deal, that negotiation based on? harry reid and mitch mcconnell? >> reid-mcconnell deal. it would effectively raise the debt ceiling in a negative vote which would allow for spending cuts that can be spelled out by the
and taking on the big issues. and that he called on the group to take on this challenge and then called the meeting to an end. no matter how you read that, it's clearly an increase in tensions on day three of these debt negotiations with no sign of real progress with the clock ticking. and i do have it confirmed that this president really did say -- >> part of president obama's plan that he's been very kind of calculating in the way he's gone about these talks, intimating or letting the republicans talk about spending cuts and then only later on really being aggressive and pressing for revenue razors for tax increases down the road. how does the white house respond to that? is there any truth to that from the white house perspective? >> well, look, if this were part of plan he'd have a deal by you because no president wants this kind of debt threat hanging over their head. he cannot benefit from having any kind of default at this point in his presidency. so you could accuse the white house of playing tactics instead of having a strategy. you could accuse the president of going out and u
ones that any possible compromise, big or small, long term or short, simply is not going to make it through the house of representatives. now, you may think that this is businesses usual in washington. two sides pushing a crisis to the brink in order to get the best possible deal for their side. but jessica yellin is reporting that some of her sources are telling her that this is anything but a normal crisis. she joins us now. jessica, thanks. your sources are saying this is becoming an abnormal crisis. what happened today? >> reporter: well, there was a lot of process, sanjay. and a lot of discussion and still no break through is the bottom line. we are less than two days away from the president's self-imposed july 22nd deadline for a deal. and still there is no deal. and now some on capitol hill, some of even the president's allies are saying this is now in their view time to cut bait and stop going for the big deficit reductions package they've been talk about and find the easiest path forward to get the debt ceiling raised and worry about deficit reductions at another time. >
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